words by Max Byrne

Cloaked in anonymity, The Japanese House has just released her fantastic debut EP, Pools to Bathe In. The insanely talented 19-year-old Londoner has pieced together these four songs in all their intricacy and subtle minimalism, and the level of detail is evident. Whether this is implemented through perfect vocal harmonies that can only be described as ‘tight’, the layered guitars and synths that flow in and out of songs like a river, or the reserved ear-candy that keeps you coming back.

Some moments and intricacies that make this EP stand out include the 8-bit vocal harmonies on ‘Pools to Bathe In’ just before the track dissolves into glitched vocals and heavy sub bass that is reminiscent of James Blake’s ‘Limit To Your Love’. The slightly out-of-time keyboard on ‘Teeth’, that fits in perfectly once the minimal beat starts and the rhythmic guitar that picks up ‘Sister’ after nearly two minutes of lush vocal harmonies.

This EP has the same effect of Bon Iver’s Bon Iver LP. It takes time to sink in, each listen releases new sounds, and it can be played relentlessly on relaxed weekends or late nights and not become stale.

Rating: ★★★★★


Go purchase a copy of this fantastic EP now from iTunes.

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